Worried about braving the shops now that holiday season is in full swing? These subscription boxes need no in-store purchasing, and they’ll keep on delivering the goods straight to your loved one’s door every month. Here are five our favourites.
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Vinyl Me Please
With the vinyl revival comes the return the record club (RIP Columbia House). Vinyl Me Please is one the longest-running vinyl subscription services, and it’s easy to see why. Not only do you get a new essential record every month, the album comes with a limited edition art print and a custom cocktail recipe. Plus, every record has been exclusively pressed for Vinyl Me Please members, immediately making them rare collector’s items. (www.vinylmeplease.com)
For the notoriously hard-to-buy-for aggressive music fan in your life comes subscription service Moshboxx. Choose your box size, frequency and heavy music preference (arena rock, metal, “corporate rock”) and a new box with CDs, vinyl, pins, stickers, shirts, DVDs and more shows up every month. (moshboxx.cratejoy.com)
There are plenty vinyl- and food-related subscription services, but few bridge that gap. Turntable Kitchen fers hungry music fans monthly pairings: a seven-inch and digital mixtape coupled with three seasonal recipes, a couple “premium” ingredients and tasting notes. Previous pairings include Basecamp with Scandinan-inspired flavours and Local Natives with a “farmhouse feast.” (www.turntablekitchen.com)
Many a Hollywood studio has been built on the backs horror films; this dedicated fan base has its own subscription service. The simply titled Horror Pack is a straightforward affair: pick your format (DVD/Blu-ray) and time commitment (one, three, six months or a year) and four new horror flicks appear at your door every month. (horrorpack.com)
Recognizing that nerdy hobbies are rarely siloed, the Awesome Pack mixes and matches a slew fan-related ephemera in the form board games, toys and DIY projects and activities into a single monthly box guaranteeing plenty awesome times for you, your friends and family. (www.awesomepack.com)